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December 2018

Crime once plagued San Joaquin County, but now its jail has empty beds. Here’s what it did right (latimes.com)

While overall crime in California increased slightly after 2011, San Joaquin County’s dropped 20% — and hit a decades-old low last year. The county’s jail, which had been under court-ordered monitoring because of dangerous overcrowding, now has empty beds. Participation in specialized drug courts has increased and recidivism among newly released offenders has dropped. It is unclear how much of the county’s success is the result of its new programs rather than other factors, such as hiring...

OCAP needs you! Apply now to become a member of their 2019 Citizen Review Panels

Make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in California. Use your voice to change the child welfare system in California! Convened by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP), they are seeking citizen (YOUR) input at their quarterly meetings. Now is your chance to make recommendations to the State! Apply now t o become a member of the California Child-welfare Citizen Review Panels (CRPs). Meetings are held 4 times a year. Participation can be by phone, computer, or in-person.

In ACEs Connection webinar, physicians talk trauma, offer tips for helping pediatric immigrant patients

Dr. Raul Gutierrez, a pediatrician in the San Francisco Bay Area, said he and his fellow clinicians see constant fear and its health consequences every single day among the largely immigrant and Latino population they serve. It’s all the result of anti-immigrant policies and the news cycle that feeds the fear. Dr. Raul Gutierrez “It is almost inescapable with the repercussions of immigration policy on the radio, television, social media and from friends and family,” Gutierrez told the 69...

Op-Ed – Looking To Oakland For Gun Violence Reduction Strategies That Work [witnessla.com]

It’s the best news you’ve probably never heard. Oakland, long synonymous with gun violence, is suddenly emerging as a national leader in the field of violence prevention. Since 2012, shootings are down more than 50 percent and are on pace to reach their lowest levels in decades. California leaders have much to learn from how people in Oakland came together to rewrite the violence reduction playbook. [For more on this story by Reygan Cunningham and Mike McLively, go to...

California students, first in their families to attend college, mentor each other to succeed [edsource.org]

Beyond the usual confusions and questions of freshmen year, low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college may arrive on campus with personal fears that they just don’t belong and will never fit in. However, slightly older students from the same background can ease that uncertainty with advice and friendship, helping those freshmen stay on track in school and eventually graduate, experts say. That is the philosophy of an unusual and growing mentorship program...

We love science!

(click to download) We love science at Echo. It has been my greatest pleasure to share the science about the impact of trauma, including the changes that happen to the various systems of the body in our Trauma and Resilience trainings . The list is pretty exhaustive, and to try to make sense of it all, we’ve developed another of our popular infographics. Nervous system: This is where we focus a lot of our attention in trauma and recovery. The nervous system takes a beating when we live with...

Early Discount 20th Annual Families & Fathers Conference

Call to action- Fathers and Families Coalition of America is nearing the 20th Annual Families and Fathers Conference, March 4-7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California with a comprehensive program that hosts presenters from the United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Bolivia and throughout the United States. We are providing the conference information for your consideration to participate. We are asking you to share this conference information with your community...

Join the All Children Thrive - California Equity Advisory Group

Recruitment is open for members of the Equity Advisory Group for the All Children Thrive - California initiative! They invite you to apply to be a member and to share this invitation with anyone you know who may be an asset to the Group. All Children Thrive - California (ACT-CA) is a three-year initiative (2019-2021) to expand the role of cities and counties in preventing childhood trauma, countering its effects, and fostering community healing and resilience. ACT-CA is a partnership of UCLA...

In push to expand universal preschool, lessons to be learned from California's class size reduction program [edsource.org]

The rapid rollout of a hugely ambitious plan to reduce elementary school class sizes in California over two decades ago should serve as a cautionary tale for how quickly the state should implement universal preschool, a long-sought-after goal of children’s advocates and their allies in the Legislature. It may also give incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom some cover for not moving aggressively to implement universal preschool, which he said he was committed to on the campaign trail. He articulated...

How do you tell the story of a huge early childhood program over time? [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

Thanks — for nothing, Mr. Reiner. When I started my reporting on the 20th anniversary of California’s Proposition 10 — now known as First 5 — I fully expected to have filmmaker Rob Reiner’s quotations and retrospective as a central piece of the package . After all, he was the sponsor of the ballot measure that created the tobacco tax-funded system for programs serving young children from birth to age 5. And, he welcomed me into his Beverly Hills office for an interview when the measure was...

Join the National Council's Trauma-informed Learning Community

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect or family dysfunction. And what is one of the most important factors in building resilience? Healing, hopeful, honest and trusting relationships. Those relationships are the heart of the work we do and the people we serve. The National Council for Behavioral Health’s 9th Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Approaches Learning Community is a year-long initiative that provides you with...

My turn: We must build strong children (calmatters.org)

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom has made early childhood development one of his signature issues . We at First 5 Los Angeles and First 5 organizations across California stand ready to help him turn that pledge into reality. The new governor’s goal of prioritizing funding for “cradle-to-career” programs gives me hope that in 2019, we will finally see the passage of legislation that makes quality early learning available for all California children. California is a national leader on climate change...

Proposition 47 Scoring Panel: Seeking Membership (bscc.ca.gov)

G et involved in the statewide distribution of the second round of Proposition 47 funding ! The Proposition 47 Grant Program is administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to provide funding for mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, diversion programs, housing-related assistance, and other community-based supportive services for justice-involved individuals. To ensure these funds are allocated effectively, the top priority is to have...

Update about California Community Reinvestment Grants Program (CalCRG).

Dear California Community Reinvestment Grants Program interested parties, The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has concluded an initial round of webinars and community workshops across the state to discuss the California Community Reinvestment Grants Program (CalCRG). These workshops were beneficial in soliciting input and feedback from interested stakeholders on the details of CalCRG which is vital in assisting GO-Biz staff with development and implementation...

Sesame Street Resources for Families Coping After Natural Disasters

In the aftermath of recent hurricanes and wildfires, the Sesame Street in Communities team wanted to reach out to provide information on our available resources to help families cope in the aftermath of natural disasters, and other traumatic experiences. Bilingual videos, articles, printables and more, are all available for free on our website at www.sesamestreetincommunities.org . Here are the links to a few topic pages that may be most useful to you as you work with families in the...

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